Spring has arrived in Helensburgh (just about!) – and that means that regular volunteering gardening sessions are back in Hermitage Park.

Jointly organised by the Friends of Hermitage Park and the park’s manager and supervisor, last week’s sessions included potting up strawberries, chitting potatoes, pruning willow and planting a willow hedge to contain what will be a new composting area.

A spokesperson for the Friends said: “It was lovely to see the park springing to life with daffodils and crocuses blooming and frogspawn in the pond as we worked.

“We would love more volunteers to get involved.There are so many areas we can continue to develop with more help.”

Volunteering sessions will now be held regularly every Tuesday from 10am-12noon and every Thursday from 1.30-3.30pm.

There’s no need to register – just turn up at the area by the greenhouse and bothy near the Victoria Road entrance and meet Stewart, the park supervisor, who will lead the activities.

No gardening experience is necessary – equipment and guidance will be provided. There is no need to attend every session either - just turn up when you are available wearing suitable clothing for the weather. Even half an hour will help!

The Friends’ spokesperson added: “Please join us for some time in the fresh air, make new friends and learn more about the park and growing. It is a great activity to improve your mental health.

“We are lucky to have such a beautiful park in the heart of Helensburgh.

“With the support of the community we can continue to develop it into an exciting green space for all.”